Scores of musicians have written about losing their religion, but few have been able put it quite as poetically as David Bazan. Far from a new face on the Indie music scene, Bazan certainly knows a thing or two about music and religion. He received his first taste of fame while performing with the well-loved Christian Indie Rock band Pedro The Lion. The Seattle-based outfit released four albums between 1998 and 2004. Around the time the band released its last album, Bazan was nursing a growing drinking problem and trying to answer his rising questions about God.
Bazan’s follow-up album, Strange Negotiations, was released earlier this year to an eager audience. From disappointed fans and a heartbroken mother to the seemingly sudden realization that you’re still praying to a God you don’t necessarily believe in, there is an aftermath to having a personal religious apocalypse. His newest album deals with the outcomes of turning from one’s lifelong beliefs. Rest assured that the album is not his call to question faith, only a personal recounting of his split from religion.
David Bazan plays Southgate House's Ballroom with R. Ring Friday. Read Deirdre Kaye's full Sound Advice here.